Avkin is proud to announce it has been officially certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Our leadership team worked hard for more than a year to achieve this recognition, and we are honored to join other hard-working entrepreneurs.
The process involved gathering numerous company documents, virtual meetings, and site visits to ensure that Avkin truly is women-owned and led. The transparency of the process was important to Avkin’s leadership, as it shows we indeed are a company built by educators with a focus on improving simulation quality.
“Avkin has always been a women-owned and led business,” said Avkin CEO and simulationist Amy Cowperthwait. “This special recognition tells our partners that we are truly who we say and that our commitment to improving the next generation of healthcare workers is sincere. It also speaks volumes to our growth from humble beginnings to now bringing the higher standard of simulation to programs worldwide.”
WBENC is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1997 to develop a national standard for women-owned business certification. Since then, the organization has become the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States and a leading advocate for women-owned businesses in corporate and government supply chains. In addition, the WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world-class certification standard to women-owned businesses throughout the country and offers programming and resources to help women-owned businesses thrive.
Avkin was founded by simulationist Amy Cowperthwait after she developed a new disruptive technology in healthcare simulation. When she showed this technology to industry leaders at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, they were impressed but ultimately declined to purchase the concept. Determined to see her vision become a reality, she founded Avkin to provide the next generation of healthcare professionals with human-centered, high-fidelity simulation.
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Founded in 2016 as a spinout company from the University of Delaware, Avkin was created by Amy Cowperthwait, a nursing simulationist. Frustrated with traditional simulation marketing, she founded Avkin to create high-fidelity wearables and educational services. These are designed to bring healthcare simulations to life, maximizing educational outcomes for learners of all skill levels. We currently offer seven wearable devices and training for faculty, staff, and actors portraying patients. Avkin’s unique products and philosophy have earned it national attention, with awards including industry leader INACSL’s Haden VanGuard Lectureship Award, Best University Startup by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer, and even an appearance with Damon John on the Dr. Oz Show.